Hiawatha hī´əwä´thə [key], fl. c.1550, legendary chief of the Onondaga of North America. He is credited with founding the Iroquois Confederacy. He is the hero of the well-known poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
See T. R. Henry, Wilderness Messiah (1955).
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